CTI and MEXT Sign Agreement on Bilateral Promotion of Science-Based Innovation
A Japanese delegation led by Deputy Minister Kanji Fujiki of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) visited Switzerland for a meeting with the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) from October 26 until 31.
The goal of this symposium was to further strengthen the good relations in the area of innovation and promote cooperation in the area of science-based innovation between the two countries. By signing the agreement, Switzerland and Japan emphasize the benefits of mutual exchange of technological knowledge as well as globalization of research and development. The aim of this agreement is to promote joint innovation projects involving researchers and entrepreneurs from both countries. The agreement specifically envisages joint workshops for stakeholders in innovation beginning in 2014, which is the year of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland.
To witness cutting edge research projects the Japanese delegation, composed of government officials including the Ambassador of Japan to Switzerland, university professors and industry representatives from regional clusters visited the Institute of Microengineering (IMT) at EPF Lausanne, where they were guided through the laboratories by Prof. Hannes Bleuler and his students. Afterwards, the visitors received an exclusive tour through the Rolex Learning Center designed by the Japanese architectural office SANAA.
Before the symposium took place in Spiez on October 29, the Japanese delegation had the opportunity to experience Swiss culture in the historic center of the Swiss capital Bern and at Ballenberg, an open-air museum that displays traditional buildings and architecture from all over the country. The day after signing the agreement, the delegation visited Biel to get a peek of the latest research performed in the area of material and wood technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. On the same day, new industry projects were demonstrated for the visitors at Rolic, a company where researchers are developing and commercializing the Light Controlled Molecular Orientation (LCMO) technology for high-quality displays and 3D applications.
The successful symposium denoted a significant preliminary event in the run up to the 150th anniversary celebrations in 2014.